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Thursday, November 18, 2010

Linda Weaver Clarke's Mayan Intrigue

Linda Weaver Clarke’s latest mystery, Mayan Intrigue.

I heard about Linda Weaver Clarke from John Kremer’s Book Marketing Tip’s (JohnKremer@bookmarket.com) that I receive each month. Linda interview's authors on her blog and gave me permission to create my own.

Hi Linda: Please tell us about yourself.

I was raised on a farm surrounded by the rolling hills of southern Idaho and now I live in southern Utah among the beautiful red mountains and desert heat. I am happily married and am the mother of six daughters and have several grandchildren. I received my Bachelor of Arts degree at Southern Utah University.

 You are an extremely prolific author please tell us about your books. 

I am the author of the historical romance series, “A Family Saga in Bear Lake, Idaho,” which includes the following novels: Melinda and the Wild West - a semi-finalist for the “Reviewers Choice Award 2007,” Edith and the Mysterious Stranger, Jenny’s Dream, David and the Bear Lake Monster, and Elena, Woman of Courage.                                                    
Lately I have been writing a new mystery series, The Adventures of John and Julia Evans, which will include the following novels: Anasazi Intrigue, Mayan Intrigue, Montezuma Intrigue, and Desert Intrigue. 

Tell us about your latest mystery Mayan Intrigue. By the way the YouTube on your web site about this book is fantastic. Here's the Youtube link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8xxow19erQY

It’s about the discovery of a priceless artifact that puts Julia’s life in great danger. While on assignment for the newspaper, John and Julia try to enjoy a romantic vacation among the Mayan ruins, but when Julia accidentally comes upon a couple suspicious men exchanging an item, she quickly turns and leaves but it’s too late. Before John and Julia realize what's going on, they find themselves running for their lives through the jungles of the Yucatan. To read an excerpt, you can visit www.lindaweaverclarke.com.

Have you been to the Mayan ruins?

Most of my research has been online, visiting the Mayan ruins that way. The Mayan culture is so intriguing to me, with their magnificent temples and structures in southern Mexico and Central America. Archaeologists don’t understand why they left these huge cities. There are 172 sites open to the public. We have the famous Chichen Itza that covers ten square miles. We have Coba, which covers over 50 square miles and contains more than 6500 structures, not yet uncovered. These cities were totally abandoned and no one knows why. Some suspect they were at war with one another and that was the reason. While researching for Mayan Intrigue, my eyes were opened to the problems they have in southern Mexico. You see, when an ancient ruin is discovered, it doesn’t take long for thieves to take it apart. The reason why is because the Mayas used astrological alignments when planning their city. Looters have learned the layout of the Mayan cities so they know where to dig. With this knowledge, they can loot a sacred temple in a few days. While writing Mayan Intrigue, I found that artifact theft in Mexico has been taken over by drug dealers from Columbia. In other words, since organized crime has taken over, there is also an increase of violence. It’s a very interesting subject.

How much of your own personal experiences enter into your novels?

I love including personal experiences in each of my novels. My first series is historical fiction and I gave many experiences from my ancestors to my fictional characters. With this new mystery series, I include many humorous experiences that really happened to me or my husband…just to make it fun.

I see this book is a sequel, do the books have to be read in order?

Even though this book is a sequel, each one can be read separately because each book has its own plot. The series is a mystery/adventure called The Adventures of John and Julia Evans. I have Anasazi Intrigue, Mayan Intrigue, Montezuma Intrigue, and Desert Intrigue, which will be published in 2011.
Not only are you a writer but a teacher and teach Family Legacy workshops. I bet you learn about some interesting stories from other people.

Yes, I travel throughout the United States, teaching a “Family Legacy Workshop,” encouraging others to write their family history and autobiography. It’s important to teach our children their heritage. Our children need to be proud of their ancestors. Leon Garfield said: “The historian, if honest, gives us a photograph; the storyteller gives us a painting.” What I’m teaching people to do is how to paint, to be the storyteller. Adults are usually the main audience, but I’ve attracted many teenagers who want to learn how to write. In fact, one library sponsored this workshop for a group of troubled teens. Writing helps to express one’s innermost feelings. It can be a healing process. To learn more about what I teach, you can visit my website at http://www.lindaweaverclarke.com/upcomingevents.html.

What is the most interesting story you heard at one of your Family Legacy workshops?

Hmm, that question is hard. People usually don't tell me what they're writing about. There was this one man who was a holocaust victim in Poland. He was writing his own story during World War II.

Tell us about your blog interviewing authors.

I began blogging in July of 2009. Even though I've been an author for a few years, I'm new to this blogging business. It wasn't until April of 2010 that I began interviewing authors. Why interview authors? I had been interviewed by several bloggers and it was a lot of fun. It's hard to come up with something new each week to interest the public, so I decided to interview authors and have book giveaways every Monday. It's been fun getting to know each author and finding out what inspired them to write their books. Gradually my blog is becoming known because I'm getting more and more requests for interviews by authors and agents. It's great. My blog is different than most blogs. It's a family friendly blog. So I only have books that can be read by children, young adults from ages 12 - 16, "sweet" romances for teens and adults, and "how-to" books. So I have to make sure that each book is G-rated for my audience. I've had many people make positive comments, saying that it's refreshing to not have to worry about whether it's G-rated or not. You can visit my blog at http://lindaweaverclarke.blogspot.com

Where are your books available?

On my website, Amazon, Borders, and Barnes and Noble online.

The winner of Persia Woolley's book A Child of the Northern Spring was Barbara Moehring. Congratulations! To be in a drawing to be eligible to win a autographed copy of Linda Weaver Clarke's Mayan Intrigue please post a comment by Wednesday, December 1.


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Friday, November 5, 2010

Persia Woolley's historical fiction, Child of the Northern Spring

Hi Persia: Welcome to author interviews. Several people have requested that I interview you about your new book. Could you please give us a brief synopsis?
Persia: Child of the Northern Spring is Book One of my Guinevere Trilogy where I tell the stories of King Arthur as seen through the eyes of his queen, Guinevere.  It deals with Guinevere's childhood, introduces a number of the famous characters, and culminates with the marriage to Arthur and their establishing of the Round Table.  My books are unique in that they are not fantasy or woman's romance and when I began work on them, no one else had thought to write the story from first-person Guinevere.


Can you tell us briefly without giving the story away about the best part?

Persia: My Gwen is a feisty northern Celtic tomboy who doesn't want to leave her own country to go south and marry the new young King.  She constantly hopes to escape this fate until there is an unplanned meeting and their first real interaction establishes their relationship for the next 1400 years.

Please tell me why you wrote about this particular period of time and why it is special to you.

Persia: My rendition of Camelot is based on history so the period was dictated by when Arthur and Guinevere would have lived, if they were real people.  That was at the beginning of the Dark Ages, following the collapse of the Roman Empire and before the Saxons fully conquered Britain (roughly 450 to 550 A.D.).  It was the characters and story that fascinated me--if they had lived during the Middle Ages, I would have set the books then.

How many historical fictions have you written?

Persia: The three Guineveres are the only ones published and they took me a total of eleven years of research and writing.  All three were Book of the Month Club selections, have been published in seven other countries and made into a terrible movie for TV.

Do you read other author's historical fiction of the same time period?

Persia: I don't read other authors when I am writing, but during the research phases I indulge in a wide range of reading.

About how long did your research take on this book?

Persia: "Child" took 6 years of research and writing before it was published.  Book Two, "Queen of the Summer Stars" took 3 years, and Book Three, "Guinevere--the Legend in Autumn" was done in six months.  By then the characters were so complete, I just reported on what they were doing and thinking.






You are very well-known in this community. Could you tell us something about yourself that we would be surprised to hear?

Persia: I used to be a journalist and specialized in interviews and profiles of artists, musicians, actors and writers for the San Francisco Chronicle--it meant 'opening night tickets on the aisle' for everyone from Maya Angelou to Norman Mailer, Anais Nin to Elton John--as well as the Lipizzan Stallions, all the stage productions in town and whatever Bill Graham concerts were on tap.
I also had a season on live TV in S.F. where I produced and hosted my own interview show which included the film maker Richard Attenborough--before he did 'Ghandi' and became Sir Richard-Lyle Tuttle, the renowned tattoo artist who did the Jackson brothers and Janis, etc. He was a trip, and we became friends as a result.
After moving to Auburn in the Sierra foothills, I began to write for the local weekly paper doing interviews, business profiles and reviews of anything vaguely cultural; also had my own column about life in general whenever I felt like it.
I love journalism because it gets you behind the scenes and gives you an excuse to meet fascinating people and ask impertinent questions--plus you have a reason to chase the fire-engines and be in the midst of the excitement.

I know what a prolific writer you are. What are you working on now?


Persia: Ophelia's Tale is a finished manuscript, set in 1600 A.D., the year that Shakespeare wrote "Hamlet." It is in need of an agent.

Do you have a web site?

Persia: I'm in the process of designing one.  I do have both FaceBook and Twitter accounts, and they are very useful for communicating with friends and fans.

Who is the publisher of the Child of the Northern Spring and where can it be purchased?

Persia: Sourcebooks is re-issuing the entire Trilogy, and Child can be found at Copperfields, Borders and on line at Barnes & Noble, Amazon and various independent stores right now.

Please tell us about what events we can visit you.


Persia: On November 16th I'll present "An Evening With King Arthur" at Copperfields in Sebastopol.  This is an hour that begins with 10 minutes of my reading and talking about "Child of the Northern Spring" and then is thrown open to questions.  I'm glad to answer questions about the legend and its growth over 1400 years, or the historical reality of Arthur and Guinevere, or my own experiences hiking all over Roman and Celtic ruins, staying in hostels and carrying everything in my backpack.  And if anyone has a question about writing and getting published, I'm willing to talk about that too.  This is free and open to the public, begins at 7 p.m. and naturally I'll be happy to sign books.  Future programs will follow in other bookstores and libraries around the area.

That event sounds very promising as well as exciting. Thank you, Persia!


The winner of the autographed book Crucial Time by Elsbeth Benton is Margaret Murray, congratulations!





Please comment on Persia Woolley's interview and be eligible to win an autographed copy of her book. Child of the Northern Spring. Comment by Wednesday, November 17.


NOTE: How to comment: Go to bottom of interview, press blue comments. go to end of everyone's comments, under Post a Comment, write comment, under COMMENT AS, Select NAME/URL, write your name and email address on ONE line, NO URL necessary, Then press POST Comment! Thank you!